Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, August 3, 1998

Meet the 1998 Winsted royalty candidates


Sarah Marie Behrens

Sponsors: James Neff, DDS, TDS Telecom

Age: 18

Parents: David and Mary Behrens

Brothers & sisters: Leah, Hannah, Naomi, Josiah, and Rebekah

Hobbies: Running, biking, playing piano, singing, rollerblading

Place of Employment: St. Mary's Care Center as an NAR

College Plans: Northwestern College, St. Paul

Career Plans: Major in business administration.

What do you like most about Winsted? The small town atmosphere of most people being generally friendly and willing to lend a hand if you need it.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? By being the best representative possible and by telling people about the people, industry, and resources of the city of Winsted.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? The parade; it's something that everyone can enjoy and have a good time watching.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? Because I really enjoy meeting and getting to know other people, and I know that being royalty would be a great opportunity to do that, as well as a great experience.


Sarah Anna Quast

Sponsors: Total Entertainment Center, Millerbernd Mfg.

Age: 16

Parents: Felix Jr. and Janice Quast

Brothers & sisters: Felix III and Scott

Hobbies: Reading, shopping, being with my friends

Place of Employment: Total Entertainment/High Noon Tanning

College Plans: I plan on going to a four-year college.

Career Plans: I plan on working with abused or abandoned children.

What do you like most about Winsted? The thing I like most about Winsted is that it's a small town and everyone knows everyone else.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? I plan on letting other communities know how great our town is, and how wonderful the people are.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? The parade. I like it because everyone is always so happy.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? I think it is a wonderful experience to meet new people and it's a great chance to get to know them.


Monica Lemings

Sponsors: E & C Systems, Inc., Art's Welding

Age: 17

Parents: Tracy and Ruth Ann Harnit

Brothers & sisters: Nathan

Hobbies: Piano, rollerblading, band, choir

Place of Employment: Color Span, Eden Prairie

College Plans: Two-year technical college

Career Plans: CAD drafting

What do you like most about Winsted? Small, friendly community, good jobs and industry, good schools.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? Attending parades, attending community functions

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? Firemen's breakfast - the donations support the new fire hall.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? Because it will be a fun and rewarding experience. It is a chance to meet the candidates from other communities.


Angela Lachermeier

Sponsors: Littfin Lumber, Winsted Farmers Elevator

Age: 18

Parents: Bill and Nancy Lachermeier

Brothers & sisters: Dave, Phil and Amy

Hobbies: Rollerblading, shopping, hanging out with my friends

Place of Employment: St. Mary's Nursing Home

College Plans: Work for a year and then attend St. Cloud Tech.

Career Plans: Surgical tech.

What do you like most about Winsted? I like that when you walk down the sidewalk you always receive a smile or a "hello."

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? Go to other towns and show how friendly people from Winsted are. I will also tell everyone how great Winsted is.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? Parade

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? To meet new people and have fun while running, and to have a chance to represent Winsted.


Mackenzie Marie Strei

Sponsors: Winsted Floral, Blue Note

Age: 17

Parents: Larry and Patricia Strei

Brothers & sisters: Chad, Jennifer, Ashley

Hobbies: Dance, cheerleading, being with friends

Place of Employment: Blue Note

College Plans: Business college (legal secretary)

Career Plans: Possibly go on to paralegal, full-time in this area

What do you like most about Winsted? Family owned business, lakes, parks, friendly, helpful, everybody is everybody's neighbor and friend.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? By showing importance of getting involved in community and helping each other

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? Parade - everyone sits alongside each other, laughs and enjoys themselves.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? The experience of being a candidate, the competition, challenge, meeting the girls, and having a good time at the parades.


Jamie Marie Kruschke

Sponsors: JMS Custom Sservice, Winsted Family Practice Clinic

Age: 17

Parents: Debbie and Robert Kruschke

Brothers & sisters: Tammy and Kayse

Hobbies: Swimming, babysitting, playing softball, caring for animals

Place of Employment: St. Mary's Health Care

College Plans: St. Cloud State

Career Plans: Veterinarian/surgical technologist

What do you like most about Winsted? Small, friendly community. You can get where you like in a short amount of time.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? I would like to help out with future town making ideas or plans. I would like to be a great role model for younger people.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? The parade, to see and get to know different people.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? Meet new people and give myself another challenge to work for.


Stephanie Laxen

Sponsors: Laxen Construction, K-Way Express

Age: 17

Parents: Mike and Dawn Laxen

Brothers & sisters: Jeremy and Stacy

Hobbies: Shopping, biking, rollerblading

Place of Employment: St. Mary's Care Center, Tom Thumb

College Plans: Hoping to attend U of M Duluth (four years or longer)

Career Plans: Hope to be a pediatrician

What do you like most about Winsted? The small town atmosphere, where everyone knows each other.And how a small town like ours can have such great industries and events.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? By going to other towns and representing Winsted in a positive way; by being friendly and welcoming them to come visit and join in our Legion Days Festival.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? The parade - our whole community and even others join together to have a good time.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? I know it will be a fun and good learning experience. I get to meet new people and represent Winsted by being in parades and community events.


Krista Gustad

Sponsors: Kubasch Sanitation, Inc., Kremer Pharmacy

Age: 17

Parents: Robert and Diane Gustad

Brothers & sisters: Eric, 15 and Brian, 11

Hobbies: Sports, rollerblading, reading, friends

Place of Employment: Glenn's Super Valu

College Plans: Study marine biology, hopefully in Alaska or New York.

Career Plans: Marine biology

What do you like most about Winsted? Winsted is truly a perfect example of "Minnesota Nice." Everybody knows each other and are very friendly to all.

If you are chosen as Winsted Royalty, how do you intend to promote the city? By traveling to other cities we are promoting. I would be the best example I could by looking good and being friendly.

Which Legion Days activity is your favorite and why? The parade - the whole community gets together and has fun.

What was the main factor in your decision to compete for one of the titles of the Winsted Royalty? I was hoping to meet more people and have a lot of fun doing it.


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